Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Appearance of the firearm

EDITOR:

In response to the letter by Sylvia Medley on Dec. 28, 2012. An assault weapon is a rifle or pistol that a liberal objects to the appearance of the firearm. They do not like the way it looks. It is a political term. The military has assault rifles. These firearms have a selector switch that allows Semi-automatic or full automatic function. You and I cannot purchase or legally own these.

The guard at Columbine was told not to confront agressors. Had he fired at Klebold and Harris the results would be very different. Private schools do have armed guards. Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. is most prominent.

We do not sacrifice our interests for the greater good. Those who give up liberty for safety deserve neither. — Benjamin Franklin

I hunt with what you call an assault weapon. It is a semi-automatic rifle in .223 caliber. It is not particularly high powered, but it is light and accurate. I have 5, 10 and 20 round magazines, but the Department of Fish and Game regulations limit the hunting capacity to five rounds.

Posting Gun Free Zone signs at schools only advertises that they are defenseless. A much better determinate sign would be: “This school is protected by Smith and Wesson.”

EDGAR BROWN
Cameron Park

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  • DarrinJanuary 02, 2013 - 4:32 am

    Posting a sign at the US border that states "Gun-Free Zone" would be better in my opinion. Sylvia Medley's letter titled "Must do all we can", is well written and sane. Nice to see.

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  • RichJanuary 09, 2013 - 4:01 am

    Hard to beleive he would sign his name to this well thought out opinion, just another example of silly think by Brown, outstanding member of the American Legion and NRA.

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  • Vince DaltonJanuary 09, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Now I understand the decline and inevitable disappearance of the Republican party.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 09, 2013 - 11:46 am

    In the words of Gen. Stanley McChrystal: Assault weapons belong on the Battlefield, not in our schools or on the street.....

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  • richJanuary 09, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    ive yet to see the dfg code for 5 round capacity on a rifle. also these are not assult weapons when are you people going to figure out.....assualt weapons=full auto NOT semi auto.

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  • billzzJanuary 10, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    In 1964 I was at Fort Benning, Georgia to see the Colt Arms Company demonstrate a new infantry weapon. They took a lot of #10 cans of tomatoes (#10 can size is usually only in restaurants - they are big.) and they had the Infantry School Markmanship Team shoot at the cans with the .30 calibre (7.62mm) Garand M-1, the standard at the time. Each shot hit the mark and resulted in an entrance and exit hole, with an outpouring of tomato juice. Then the team was passed the new Colt weapons; M-16s, the militarized version of their AR-15 rifle. Each shot resulted in the can exploding, with literally nothing left, except metal shards and a pool of pulverized tomatoes. The spokesman explained that the Geneva Convention mandated a full-metal jacket round, so that the round would go through an enemy body. No "dum-dum" or hollow-point bullets were allowed. The M-16 got around that by having the high- velocity bullet "tumble" when it hit the body, thereby converting most of the kinetic energy to damage the internal organs, rather than translate to increased range of the bullet as it passed through the target. Everyone knew that everyone present was going to Vietnam so it was a welcome demonstration. The Garand M1 was designed for precision long-range shooting, and for WWII. The M-16 was designed for short-range jungle fighting, where precision was not wanted, in the reaction to an ambush. It was called "spray and pray, or "mad minute." Just get all the rounds downrange as fast as you can. And that is why the AR-15 should be banned. It is not a hunting rifle. It is a mass murder weapon. The AR-15 is designed to not overheat, so even without the full automatic, it can fire just as fast as one can pull the trigger, just about as fast as full automatic. The normal hunting rifle can not do this, certainly not through the twenty, or so, rounds that that the AR-15 can fire. I do not think that I want to see the rabbit taken by an AR-15. It's already fricasseed. I do not want to see the chicken, rendered into chicken strips. And most of all, I do not want to see the pictures of the dead children. We will never see those pictures. We would never be able to sleep. We would all get post-traumatic stress disorder. The AR-15 is a military weapon which should never be sold to unqualified persons. And I know that it is always a mentally unbalanced person doing these things, and afterwards all the interviewees say that they knew he (it's always a he) was crazy. No one seems to be able to get the crazies off the streets. At least we do not have to give them mass murder weapons, with thousands of rounds of ammo.

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